St. Mary’s is the parish church of Peldon, a village to the south of Colchester, Essex.

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The Friends of St. Mary’s is a registered charity which raises funds for vital repairs, restoration work and improvements to this Grade 1 listed building, for it to continue as a place of worship and a community facility for use by all.

The Friends’ have raised over £45,000 for such work, but more fundraising needs to be done to get this building into good order for the next generation. We intend to do just that, and enjoy ourselves along the way!

Find out what we’ve achieved and How you can support us.

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A donation from ZEPFEST!

The ZEPFEST Commemoration was a wonderful example of cooperation between Peldon and the Wigboroughs in staging a major community event. ZEPFEST covered its costs and raised money for Peldon and Wigborough community causes. Peldon’s share was £2000 to the Friends of St. Mary’s  and £2000 to the Village Hall project. What a wonderful gesture and […]

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Appeal for volunteers

There are many groups who run events in Peldon and the Wigboroughs, and they all need energy and ideas from volunteers. The Friends has a reputation of being a lively bunch, but in reality the Committee plus a small number of volunteers do all the work in staging events. Will you come forward and take […]

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Highland Fling

The ‘Fling’ has been a part of the Peldon Year for over 30 years. It has continued through good times and bad, but in recently it’s become a major highlight of the year for Peldon and the surrounding area. This time we were at Abberton & Langenhoe Village hall with 54 people plus members of […]

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Remaining Friends’ events for 2017

Please note these dates for your diary: 10 June, Peldon Fete and Craft Fair, from 12 Noon, at Lodge Cottage, Lodge Lane, Peldon. 15 July, Barn Dance, from 7.30pm, venue TBA. 30 September, Peldon Harvest, 10am to 1pm, at St. Mary’s Peldon. 30 September, Traditional Village Harvest Supper, from 7pm, at St. Mary’s Peldon. 21 October, Themed […]

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Highland Fling – Full details

Please note the different venue this time, Abberton & Langenhoe village Hall.               Directions: Drive to the Abberton crossroads, where there is a derelict pub  (formerly ‘The Lion’). Turn into Fingringhoe Road (the road at the side of the pub). Then 1st right into Edward Marke Drive. As the road […]

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Notes from the Friends AGM

The AGM was held on 29th November with 15 people present. After the preliminaries the Treasurer introduced the Financial Report for the financial year 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2016. To the nearest pound, the starting balance was £8,645, profit from events was £2880, income from subscriptions & general donations was £1680, misc. income […]

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Christmas floral displays

As usual the Christmas events were decorated with superb floral displays. Thank You to all that worked so hard on them. See more pictures Here

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Webmaster’s end-of-year message and report

Many thanks for using or providing input to this website. I wish you all the compliments of the season, and a happy and healthy New Year. Geoff Gonella December 2016 Report Background The Friends website was started by Bill Tamblyn in 2011, and managed by Bill until 2014, when I was appointed to take over […]

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Warden’s Review to the Friends of St. Mary’s

Collaborations The Friends seek to find ways to put the Village’s prestigious Grade 1 listed church to good use, 7 days a week for the benefit of the wider community. We have been so pleased to work with other village groups including: Village Lunch, St. Mary’s Flower Arrangers, Peldon Village Hall, and PAWS. The PCC […]

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Highland Fling 2017 – Advance notice

Due to the building of the new Village Hall, the next Highland Fling will be on 4th February 2017 at Abberton & Langenhoe Village Hall, 7pm for 7.30. More details will be in the Parish News.

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